Seductive Academic Writing—Danyal Freeman (2018)
Style guides and academic writing guides ignore or caution against writing with figures of speech. I show how and why the best academic writers populate their prose with the figures of speech that seduce.
Stylish Academic Writing—Helen Sword (2012)
The dime-a-dozen style guides neglect the creative impulse: the rhetorical tradition. Sword shows that writing creatively is as important as writing clearly and correctly. Watch her explain why creativity matters here.
The Sense of Style: The thinking person's guide to writing in the 21st century—Steven Pinker (2014)
The book cares most about clarity and correctness. But read chapter two. Pinker 'reverse-engineers' good academic prose. There he finds what the dime-a-dozen style guides neglect: figures of speech, literary devices and creativity. Watch him explain why 'so much academic writing stinks' here.
Revising Prose—Richard Lanham (2000)
Linguists are pretty tone deaf to the sweet music of style the rhetoricians and stylisticians hear: the figures of speech. Lanham sounds the major chords in the music of style and offers a "paramedic's" checklist for reviving unconscious prose.
On Writing Well: An informal guide to writing nonfiction—William Zinsser (1995)
We must write to engage, interest and entertain. Zinsser shows us how he does it—and how we can do it.